By Dr. Lois Parkes Leadership Development and Institutional Strengthening Specialist T he CARICAD Leadership Development Programme (CLDP) is celebrating its first anniversary, and what a year it has been! Over this period, we trained 334 leaders across the Caribbean through the delivery of 16 leadership development programmes and workshops. These included scheduled programmes and workshops such as our Leading Change and Transition and Meetings – a Strategic Tool for Leadership Effectiveness workshops, as well as our Mid-Level and Transformational Leadership Development Programmes. We were also privileged to partner with a number of organisations to deliver customised leadership development programmes and workshops, aligned to their unique learning needs and contexts. Among these partners were the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Caribbean Court of Justice, eGov Jamaica Limited, the Project for the Advancement of Statistics in the Caribbean (PRASC), Public Services International (Caribbean chapter), Tax Administration Jamaica and Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Jamaica. CARICAD was pleased to offer 21 scholarships to participants from a range of member countries to complete its Introduction to Leadership virtual programme in June 2020. This programme was aimed at equipping leaders with the skills required to lead during the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We continued to provide ongoing learning opportunities for our communities of practice through the delivery of 10 webinars covering a range of relevant topics, and the dissemination of blogs and other materials to support leaders, particularly in addressing policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, through our website and social media platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and LinkedIn. We thank our partners and stakeholders for their continued support. To learn more about our offerings for the rest of 2020 – 2021, see our catalogue at http:// campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render? m=1119959987278&ca=72634f63-b4c7-4553 -95ad-ef0d6fbc1205  Continued from previous page RECOMMENDATIONS The work of CDEMA, should be more closely integrated into national development plans in all member states of CDEMA and CARICAD. CDEMA can draw upon an extensive network of Caribbean nationals who have distinguished themselves in Disaster and Recovery Management. Comprehensive plans should be developed in those member states that could one day contend with volcanic eruptions like the events that occurred in Montserrat. Detailed case studies of the public sector management experiences in Montserrat should be prepared as capacity building reference tools for use in the region. Additionally, short scenarios should be written as tools for capacity building in Leadership and Management programmes in CARICAD/CDEMA member states. The expertise which was developed by public sector officials in Montserrat should be harnessed as a regional resource and used systematically in training in the region. There should be coordinated initiatives among tertiary and development agencies for extensive documentation of the Montserrat experience drawing upon such expertise. Regrettably, several of the personnel involved in the early response in Montserrat are now deceased. The pool is dwindling. This course of action should begin promptly. 18

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